Forestry Statistics 2007 - Employment & Businesses

Health & safety

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Accidents involving absence from work of at least 3 days are reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Accident rates per thousand employees have decreased in forestry and primary wood processing, but are still much higher than the averages for all industries (in 2005-06, one per thousand major accidents and six per thousand total reported).

Table 6.5 Accidents to employees in forestry and primary wood processing2

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)1

Number

Rate / 1000

5-year averages

1996-97 to
2000-01

2001-02 to
2005-06

1996-97 to
2000-01

2001-02 to
2005-06

SIC 02 Forestry

Major accidents3

51

42

4.7

4.0

Total reported

168

119

15.4

11.4

SIC 20.1 Sawmilling

Major accidents3

111 67 9.9 6.2

Total reported

414 253 27.2 17.0

SIC 20.2 Panels

Major accidents3

16 17 2.2 2.9

Total reported

81 69 11.1 11.4

SIC 21.1 Pulp & paper

Major accidents3

79 54 3.1 3.1

Total reported

512 298 20.1 17.1

Total forestry and primary wood processing

Major accidents3

258 180 4.7 4.0

Total reported

1 175

739

21.3

16.5

Source: Health & Safety Executive (accidents), Office for National Statistics (employment).

Notes:

1. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories are:
02 (forestry, logging & related services);
20.1 (sawmilling and planing of wood, impregnation of wood);
20.2 (manufacture of veneer sheets, manufacture of plywood, laminboard, particleboard and other panels and boards);
21.1 (manufacture of pulp, paper and paperboard).

2. Excludes other wood-using industries.

3. Major accidents include fatal accidents, which averaged 1 or less per year in each sector.


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